Defense Against Crime

16/02/2012

The Elderly and Crime

This is the second entry in a serious of articles on senior citizens and crime. This series was sparked by a recent incident where an 85-year-old citizen had her purse stolen while entering her house. Statistically senior citizens have the lowest crime victimization rate of any age group, but they are particularly vulnerable physically, psychologically, and financially. Senior citizens are more likely than younger members of society to be robbed by an assailant. These valuable members of our society are often targeted because they are less they are easy marks. They can’t easily flee, or put up a good fight. The protective weapons of choice among senior citizens are walking devices, arguing, screaming, trying to get away, or even trying to reason with their attacker.

As far as the types of crimes that are more prevalent among elderly citizens these include purse snatching, and pick pocketing. Recent scams involve calling senior citizens and pretending to by their grandchild who has been arrested and need bail money. As far as purse snatching is concerned they typical theft involved grabbing a purse with one hand and shoving the victim with the other hand and running away. Broken bones, fear, and the loss of property are commonly the end result of these types of crimes.

One of the other issues with some senior citizens, especially those that live alone, is forgetting to lock their doors and windows. I have a brother who keeps an eye on his neighbor’s house because the neighbor who is a senior citizen often goes to bed and leaves his garage door open. What is really bizarre about senior citizens who are robbed this about 50% of those who have been robbed because they left their door or window unlocked NEVER REPORT IT.

Thanks to the invention of direct deposit, EBT Cards, and receiving payments on just the 1st or the 15th many senior citizens are not robbed as frequently as they were when they received paper checks. However Senior citizens still need to be careful NOT to carry large sums of cash. A debit card offers better security but requires them to check their balance, more than carrying cash.

THREE THINGS SENIORS CAN DO

  • KEEP YOUR DOORS AND WINDOWS LOCKED AT ALL TIMES
  • DON’T CARRY MORE MONEY THAN YOU AN AFFORD TO LOSE
  • DON’T CARRY YOUR MONEY IN YOUR PURSE. (USE A SPECIAL POCKET).

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  1. […] I have seen various news stories where senior citizens were a target of crime. In one of the latest stories a WWII veteran was […]

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